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Turn Over a New Leaf at a New Bar

Drinking doesn’t have to mean breaking your New Year's resolution. In fact, these recently opened bars will help you stick to your guns.


Out with the old, in with the new: Drop-Off Service used to be a laundromat.  

1. Be kindler, gentler
Luv 24/7
247 Eldridge St., bet. Houston & Stanton Sts.; 212.505.7600
Worn leather banquettes and a romantic cobblestone bar will soften your mood at the latest hot spot from the owners of Sapphire Lounge and Gaslight.

2. Be a better lover
Mamajuana Bar
220 Leonard St., bet. Powers St. and Grand Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-302-1997
The namesake Latin American elixir at this Williamsburg lounge is said to be an aphrodisiac. If that doesn’t stir your libido, some live jazz might.

3. Drink less beer
Nexus Lounge
76 E. 1st St., at First Ave.; 212-598-9126
The swank new bar in the basement of perennial pub One and One might be just the thing to wean you away from the pudge-inducing pints upstairs.

4. Drink better beer
Drop-Off Service
211 Ave. A, bet. 13th and 14th Sts.; 212-260-2914
This former East Village laundromat now deals in suds of a different sort: a rotating array of choice tap beers.

5. Rekindle your inner artist
506 E. 13th St., nr. Ave. A
Doodle on the chalkboard walls of the bathroom at this formerly illicit after-hours spot.

6. Rekindle your inner rocker
105 Eldridge St., bet. Broome and Grand Sts.; 212-334-6740
Ashamed that your knowledge of the local scene stops at Interpol and the Strokes? Catch up at this ritzy bi-level rawk club.

7. Rekindle your inner frat boy
Porky's NYC
55 W. 21st St., bet. Fifth and Sixth Aves.; 212-675-8007
Nothing brings back the beer-bong days like a place with a Howard Stern mural and fishbowls you can drink out of.

8. Travel more
949 Grand St., bet. Catherine St. and Morgan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-302-0810
Board games and all-night drink specials make this lock-themed East Williamsburger feel like a remote sleepover.

9. Get over the ex
552 W. 38th St., at Eleventh Ave.; 212-967-4646
Buddies telling you to move on already? Point the limo to veteran Scores manager Big John's new flesh fest.


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